Annie L. Owens is a counsel in the Litigation/Controversy Department, and a member of the Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation and Government and Regulatory Litigation Practice Groups. She joined the firm in 2008.
Before joining the firm, Ms. Owens was a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General of the United States Department of Justice. She drafted briefs in opposition to certiorari, wrote memoranda recommending the appeal of adverse decisions, and briefed and argued a case concerning the Vienna Convention before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
After completing her legal education, Ms. Owens served as a law clerk to the Honorable Carolyn Dineen King, then-Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Ms. Owens’s practice focuses on appellate litigation in the Supreme Court of the United States and the federal courts of appeals, as well as litigation and dispositive motions in the federal district courts in cases raising complex or novel legal questions. Ms. Owens has handled matters involving a wide range of federal-law issues, including constitutional law, federal preemption of state law, environmental law, Indian law, election law, criminal law, intellectual property and bankruptcy. She has argued cases before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Sixth and Seventh Circuits.
In addition to her litigation experience, Ms. Owens has counseled clients on policy and regulatory issues, including preemption, pharmaceutical and health care issues and compliance with trade regulations.
Ms. Owens also maintains an active pro bono practice and has significant experience in issues related to habeas corpus, AEDPA and capital litigation.